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Joel McHale to Star in CBS Pilot ‘The Great Indoors’

”Community“ alum to play lead role on Mike Gibbons sitcom

Joel McHale has been cast in the lead role of CBS’ comedy pilot “The Great Indoors.”

McHale will play Joel, who is an outdoorsy guy’s guy with a sardonic sense of humor. The longtime star reporter for “The Great Outdoors” magazine, Joel has climbed mountains, confronted bears and just generally led a life of excitement and adventure.

But when he’s sidelined by an injury, he’s forced to take a desk job in the publication’s digital and social media department, surrounded by a team of millennials who view him as an exotic and ancient oddity from another place and time.

“Tosh.0” producer Mike Gibbons will write and serve as executive producer on the multi-cam project from CBS Studios.

McHale, who is currently on Fox’s “X-Files” revival, was the lead on NBC’s “Community” sitcom and recently came off of E!’s long-running pop culture commentary show “The Soup.” He is represented by WME.